Holiday Lights in Decorah

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Posted: November 8, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Helping Services for Youth & Families is happy to announce the opening of the 17th annual Holiday Lights event, held at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah. Holiday Lights is an annual fundraiser for Helping Services for Youth & Families, a nonprofit organization with programs that promote healthier and safer families and youth throughout Northeast Iowa.

Thanks to the help of volunteers and sponsors, Holiday Lights will be ready on Wednesday, November 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. for the Walk-Through Night. This is the only time visitors will be able to walk through to see the lighted displays up close. Parking will be available at the soccer fields on Pulpit Rock Rd with shuttle buses (masks required) to transport visitors into Holiday Lights, or at the Twins Springs side of the campground that connects by a footbridge. Visitors are invited to stroll through the lighted displays and enjoy donated soups, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. There will be a live nativity hosted by St. Benedict’s Parish, carols performed by local choirs, complimentary photos taken with Santa, and “Pokey Pete” train rides for children.

Following the Walk-through Night, Holiday Lights is open nightly, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, for drive-through visitors starting on Thanksgiving night through Christmas night. Santa will be at Holiday Lights every Friday through Sunday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Returning this year is a fireworks display on Tuesday, December 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. over downtown Decorah. All guests are welcome to enjoy the show in the Decorah High School football stadium.

A free-will donation will be collected as you enter the gates of Holiday Lights. All donations benefit Helping Services for Youth & Families. For the complete schedule and list of sponsors, please visit